Well hello, October. The air is crisp, the leaves are brilliant, and the sky is that deep saturated blue that’s so intrinsically Autumn in New England. It’s a time to bring out the flannel shirts and thick socks, shake the dust from sweaters, and see how long you can hold out before turning on the heat for the first time.
I was definitely thinking about piccata when I put together this recipe. That flavor combination of lemons, capers, and artichokes… YUM. Lemons may be in season in winter, but summer weather makes me crave that bright acidity that lightens up vegetable centric meals. Using farro instead of pasta ensures that whole grains play their part in the healthy diet.
Yes, I’ve been on a total bowl kick lately. They’re a fantastic way to use leftovers without feeling like you’re eating the same thing over and over. This one was inspired by trying to make having a burger feel a bit healthier- I’m good with the vegan burger patty itself, but the nutritional value of the bun is definitely a bit more questionable. Pairing it with whole grains seems to be much more the thing!
If you made last week’s chili recipe, you probably have some leftovers. I hate throwing out food - I deeply believe in leftovers. But sometimes you get sick of eating the same thing three days in a row, amirite?
Have you seen Waitress? There’s a scene where Old Earl is chastising Jenna for her behavior a bit, and then proceeds to order the Spanish Dancer Pie with potato crust. As someone who loves food, my ears perked right up and I started wondering, what would MY version of that look like? Apparently I’m not the only one either - search Google for “waitress movie spanish dancer pie” and you’ll see some fun recipes.
I’m continuing on my bowl streak this week with a beautiful vegan sweet potato curry recipe. I’m loving one bowl meals lately, and curry is a perfect fit. Maybe I just can’t be bothered to spend a lot of time cooking when it’s hot out (who even wants to turn on the oven??), and quick one pot meals like this are perfect.
I’m really feeling the bowls lately. What’s great about them is that you get whole grains, beans, and veggies all in one meal. They’re full of flavor, filling, and easy to make. My go to bowl “formula” is grains + beans and veg sauteed together (with seasoning and flavor-adds, of course).
I want to lose some weight, so I’m going full on healthy foods for a while (which means the blog recipes are too!). No more macarons for a bit :) The best way I’ve personally found to lose weight is to stick to five “food groups” - grains, beans, fruit, vegetables, and nuts.
This red curry has edamame and lots of colorful vegetables. Everything is sauteed with garlic and ginger in oil, then simmered in spicy curry sauce. The vegetables are bright and add lots of bulk in addition to the edamame. Served over rice, this vegetable curry is a perfect one bowl meal.
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